Taxpayer Beliefs About Farm Income and Preferences for Farm Policy

Posted: 17 May 2010

See all articles by Brenna D. Ellison

Brenna D. Ellison

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jayson L. Lusk

Oklahoma State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Brian Briggeman

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater

Abstract

One voice that is commonly overlooked in debates about farm policy and payment limitations is that of the average tax payer. Surprisingly little research has been done on what taxpayers believe about farms and what they prefer regarding farm policy. Our sample of taxpayers believes that farmers are doing well financially, and most people actually overestimate farmers' incomes. In addition, we found strong preferences for subsidizing small family farms over very large family farms, even though most of the people in our sample believe small family farms earn a higher level of income than their own household. A large majority of our sample supports government subsidies for farmers, primarily because people believe it ensures a secure food supply.

Keywords: farm policy, beliefs, farm income

JEL Classification: Q12, Q18

Suggested Citation

Ellison, Brenna D. and Lusk, Jayson L. and Briggeman, Brian, Taxpayer Beliefs About Farm Income and Preferences for Farm Policy. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 338-354, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1607531 or http://dx.doi.org/ppp014

Brenna D. Ellison (Contact Author)

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Jayson L. Lusk

Oklahoma State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

Stillwater, OK 74078-6026
United States
405-744-6161 (Phone)

Brian Briggeman

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater ( email )

Stillwater, OK 74078-0555
United States

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